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Minutes of January 17, 2019 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

Minutes of January 17, 2019 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:06 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Fight back campaign
  • Committees and Caucuses discussion

Agenda

The question was called on the Agenda:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

The OPSEU Executive Committee adopted the OPSEU Executive Committee Minutes of October 18, 2018, November 8, 2018 and November 20, 2018.

Treasurer’s Report

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida presented the Treasurer’s Report.

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED Anti-privatization Fund
  • Other Business
  • Committees/Caucuses
    • Discussion

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Human Rights Legal Support Center Funding Cut Campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Human Rights Legal Support Centre has been informed by the Ministry of the Attorney General that they are to lose 10% of their funding, targeting their Mediation Program; and Whereas the mediation program at HRLSC is so efficient and cost-effective at resolving human rights complaints through mediation instead of expensive litigation that the program won the Ontario Public Service’s Amethyst Award for 2018; and Whereas up to five OPSEU members could have their jobs eliminated by this drastic and short- sighted funding cut to the HRLSC; and Whereas the work our members do at the HRLSC is crucial to ensuring that human rights are defended and protected in Ontario; and Whereas this is just one more example of the Ford government slashing the public services that Ontarians need the most; Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to create a province-wide social media campaign to mobilize OPSEU members and the general public to demand of the Ford government that they reverse this funding cut to the HRLSC.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

OPS Unified Branding and Visibility: Back to Basics

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the current political climate has been hostile to public sector workers in general, and government workers in particular; and Whereas OPSEU members who work for the OPS do valuable work and OPSEU would like to encourage our members to take pride in the important work we do for the people of Ontario; and Whereas increasing OPSEU’s visibility in the workplace, and creating branded materials that OPSEU members will be proud to wear and use helps to instill in union members a sense of pride in their identity as government workers and union members; and Whereas the CERC wishes to lay the groundwork early for the next round of bargaining by engaging as many OPSEU OPS Unified members as possible; Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the OPS Job Protection Fund to create OPS-specific branding and logos to be used on websites, promotional materials, and printed materials, and to create, print and distribute bulletin board kits to every OPS local in the province to increase the union’s visibility in every OPS work site.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

2019 Young Workers Conference, 60km policy

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU’s Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) advocates issues on behalf of young workers within the union, the workplace and the broader community/society through continued social outreach and activism; and Whereas it may be more difficult for members from Region 5 to travel back and forth if they are not staying at the hotel; and Whereas it may be equally difficult for these members to network with other young workers from across the province; and Whereas OPSEU’s annual Young Workers Conference is a space for young workers to exchange stories, skills, and strategies about unions and social justice issues; and Whereas participants will build solidarity with a diverse group of other young activists, and leave energized and more knowledgeable about how to build stronger unions; Therefore be it resolved that the 60 km rule be waived for the 2019 Young Workers Conference (August 9-11) and with the associated costs, up to a maximum of what is indicated in the proposal, be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

OCOT Campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ford government has levelled an attack on the regulation of skilled trades by passing Bill 47 which scraps the Ontario College of Trades as part of their ongoing campaign of deregulation in Ontario; and Whereas the Ford government has only consulted with a handful of special interests such as employers and developers who stand to gain from the deregulation of skilled trades, and has been claiming that the support they have received from one union and a local from one other union constitutes broad support from the labour movement and tradespeople for eliminating OCOT; and

Whereas no announcement has been made about which essential functions of OCOT will continue to be performed or which bodies will perform them, creating uncertainty for our members, but also an opportunity toadvocate for our members to move with their work; and

Whereas OCOT employees have not been consulted in a meaningful way on the transformation of apprenticeships and the regulation of skilled trades in Ontario despite their grassroots experience and expertise in their ongoing work in policy, research, apprenticeship program development, member registration, credential assessment and verification, investigations and enforcement on job sites; and

Whereas OCOT employees want the opportunity to have a collective voice about how the skilled trades should be regulated, how the issues with the current system came about and how they could be fixed, and how apprenticeship transformation should be carried out;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to fund the outlined campaign that will give our members from OCOT a concrete way to have their voices heard in the upcoming transition, amplify the voices of others who have not been consulted on these changes by the Ford government, and make a strong case to the media, politicians and general public that they, the experts, should continue to do the important work of regulating skilled trades and to follow that work wherever it goes.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided and update Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests

#2019-01-01

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Therefore be it resolved that the request for funding is denied as outside the scope of the Solidarity Reserve Fund Policy.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

#2019-01-02

Moved by Elliott/Thomas

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay for actual legal costs incurred by the member in her criminal defence, provided that counsel continues to charge reasonable rates, as confirmed by OPSEU counsel.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 12:17 p.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President
Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary